tools and supplies required to support the air det
equipment platoon operation. Examples of these tools
and supplies are aas follows: the kit 80013, mechanic hand
look for two men; kit 80031, metric support tools; kit
80057, tire service tools (small); kit 80107, lubrication
equipment and accessories. Do not forget other important
items, such as a bundle of rags; a hand-operated fuel/oil
dispensing pump for 55-gallon drums (commonly known
in the NCF as a hurdy-gurdy); 55-gallon drums for fuel,
oil cans, rigging gear, jumper cables; and tools for the
field maintenance truck; and tools to support any
The request list is forwarded
through the air det chain of command and reviewed and
approved by the battalion staff.
The lead mechanic is responsible for coordinating
with the maintenance supervisor when requesting the
NAVSUP modifier code 96, repair parts common
NAVS UP modifier code 98, O level repair parts
peculiar and petroleum oil lubricant (POL) products.
Normally, The TA41 kits and supplies are stored
in a supply warehouse.
During the 48-hour
mount-out, the requested kits and supplies are drawn
out and staged at the marshaling area. FOLLOW
UP on the requested tools and supplies throughout the
Overlooked and forgotten items
can hamper a well-planned air det operation.
The basic CESE allowance for an air det is contained
in the TA41; however, the air det-assigned CESE for your
deployment site is listed in the Equipment TAB A The
organic CESE in the TAB A is divided into three echelons:
AD for air det, AE for air echelon, and SE for sea echelon.
CESE with like equipment codes (ECs) but different
echelon can be changed to meet the needs of the air det.
The amount of CESE and supplies required for a
mission is controlled by the availability of airlift, sealift,
or over-the-road support. This requires the air det to
preplan and prioritize all tasking and request only the
amount of resources needed to accomplish the mission
successfully. The knowledge and expertise of the
equipment platoon supervisor enhances the ability of the
air det to identify and request the required CESE,
supplies, and POL for the air det mission.
identifying CESE, you should consider the following:
convoy capabilities, equipment specifications, parts
support, equipment conditions, and equipment aircraft
certification and certifiability. Prioritize the CESE,
supplies, and POL requirements.
This allows the
embarkation office to prepare aircraft load plans to meet
the needs of the air det. Material and CESE
requirements are discussed and approved by the
Once the CESE list has been established, the
equipment platoon supervisor must assign operators
and co-drivers. Operators must stand by their
assigned CESE that has been prepared and staged at
the marshaling area for the joint inspection (JI).
They are also required to accompany the assigned
CESE throughout the transport to the mission site.
The staging and marshaling area is where equipment
and materials are received. CESE is inspected for
cleanliness and fluid leaks, mobile loads are completed,
vehicles are weighed and marked for center of balance,
cargo is palletized on the Air Force 463L cargo pallets
(fig. 2-l), and cargo and CESE are placed into a
configuration (chalk) for each aircraft (fig. 2-2).
Figure 2-2.Marshalling for C-130 and C-141 aircraft.